Ohio county lays off 33 more, raising cuts to 343

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ohio's most populous county has laid off another 33 employees, including some from the scandal-plagued Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County auditor's staff.

The layoffs announced Wednesday in Cleveland bring to 343 the number of jobs cut by county Executive Ed FitzGerald. He took office in January after voters threw out the former three-commissioner government amid a long-running corruption investigation.

The latest cuts include workers in the recorder's office, auto title office and the auditor's office once led by Frank Russo, who has pleaded guilty to bribery. He has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

FitzGerald's office says the latest cuts will save $1.7 million a year and follow an outside review of fuzzy job classifications.

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